Saturday, September 6, 2014

#424...giant jenga table

We needed a playing surface for our giant Jenga blocks, and found this old work table base that has been weathering outside for a decade. It's pretty sturdy and good standing table height.
We cut an old piece of plywood to fit the top of it,
 and I painted it white with Kilz primer.

To give some character to the top of the table, I taped off some diagonal stripes with painter's tape,
 and painted the stripes with a smoke gray enamel by Rustoleum.

Game On!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

#423...recessed can pendant light

We have a covered patio at the back of our yard that I've never shared any photos of. The space is behind our garage and below our loft. The reason that I've never shared any pictures of this space is that it is a veritable junk pile of tools and left-over materials from our home projects. We've decided to turn the space into an outdoor game room. We've got a lot of work to do out there, so of course we started with the simplest project of transforming the recessed cans into some pendants with more personality.
Ordinary can lights

Outlet-to-socket Connector

Foto light from Ikea

We wrapped the excess cord into a ball and zip tied it to keep it in place.
Once the space is finished, I'm hoping the pendants will help add some character to our outdoor room.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

#422...summer travel

I've had a travel filled summer, which left little time for crafting or blogging. I'm home for the next few months, and have a bunch of projects to tackle around my house that hopefully will be blog worthy. These are a few pictures from a boat ride we took in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 atop mirror

I recently removed a giant plant from next to the small settee in my front bedroom, and replaced with a side table and lamp instead. The new arrangement left the giant  Ikea Pax wardrobe mirrors feeling very open and bare, so I hung some art up atop the mirrored doors. I used 3m Command Strips to hold the framed embroidery pieces on the mirrored glass. I like how the art personalizes and obscures the look of the Pax.

Friday, July 11, 2014 press for bath

My bathroom, which was once featured in BHG Kitchen's and Bath's magazine here, is currently featured in the Fall edition of BHG do it Yourself Magazine. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 tour

My cousin Marie is going to be staying with us in our loft for the next year while she completes an Anesthesia Fellowship at Texas Heart. Her extended visit prompted me to clean, organize, and de-clutter my loft. It has been awhile since I've shared any pictures of this space, which has previously been featured here and here. The loft is about 800 sq ft of space above our garage, separated from our bungalow. Tyler re-worked the staircase to the loft this past fall, which you can see here. The loft includes a sleeping space, a full bath, a painting area, my sewing/craft studio, and a lounge area with projection TV movie wall.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014 way

I  was recently commissioned to create the above graffiti style painting of the lyrics to Frank Sinatra's song "My Way".  My client Kristy had seen a similar painting in a local gallery, but the size and price were not right for her, so I took the challenge to paint her one for her living room.
I got a 48x48 canvas at the art supply store, and using my acrylic paints and medium created a spatter/drip background painting.
Next, I used a blue paint pen to begin drawing on the bubble font letters to the words of the song.
Then, I began painting in each line of the lyrics in the negative space created by the lettering.
This step was the most tedious. I added some paint texture to the top of some of the lines, and used some oil-based paint pens to outline the lyrics when I finished coloring in the lines. In total the painting took me about 30 hours to complete.